Game 3: Instant analysis 

May, 28, 2008
• In Game 3, the Penguins did an excellent job of taking advantage of the Wings' bottom three defensemen: Brad Stuart, Andreas Lilja and Brett Lebda. If you're going to have any chance of beating the Wings, you have to attack those three players. They're vulnerable players. Also, the more you press them, the more pressure that falls to Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski and Niklas Kronwall.

• A simple unforced error (I like to mix in a tennis term now and again) led directly to the Penguins' first goal of the series. Stuart, unchecked in his own zone, failed to click on a short breakout pass to teammate Henrik Zetterberg. Stuart's ill-fated pass was behind Zetterberg, who couldn't dig the puck out of his skates before the arrival of forechecking Penguins Marian Hossa and Sidney Crosby. Pittsburgh's talented duo took advantage of the opportunity. Hossa fired a hard shot at Wings goalie Chris Osgood, who couldn't control the rebound. Crosby pounced on the loose puck and finished the play. The goal ended the club's Stanley Cup finals drought (Pittsburgh failed to score in the first 137:25 of the series).